Glaxo Wellcome is to standardise on Hewlett-Packard desktop PCs under a #35 million contract announced last week.
HP will supply between 3,000 and 4,000 desktop PCs to the pharmaceuticals giant in the UK each year for the next three years. At least 40 HP NetServers in the LS and LC series will also be supplied. These will be employed to set up an Email messaging project.
Ian Miles, HP's UK managing director, commented: "HP is naturally delighted to be working with Glaxo Wellcome on this." Miles said the deal cements a long-standing relationship between the two companies.
HP beat off intense competition to win the sole desktop supplier contract.
Previously, Glaxo Wellcome used seven PC hardware brands. The company refused to name the other contenders for the contract.
The deal follows the setting up of a central IT department at Glaxo Wellcome, amalgamating the work of five IT departments previously in place. The group infrastructure services division was set up to standardise the company's hardware platforms.
HP has undertaken to maintain a consistent desktop specification for Glaxo Wellcome based on the HP Vectra XM4 model. Other models will be offered only in special circumstances.
Each of the 40 HP servers will support up to 600 users across 16 Glaxo Wellcome sites. Seventeen of the servers have already been installed, and the rest will be rolled out later this year. Another 25 of the lower end NetServer LC machines are also in place, completing the company's NT infrastructure.
The Email project will see Glaxo Wellcome standardise on Microsoft Exchange and Windows NT. The software will run on HP LS NetServers. Previously, Glaxo Wellcome had 17 different messaging platforms.
Paul Craddock, HP's NetServer product manager, commented "It's a great piece of business, and by choosing us as the sole supplier it really pulls together the relationship between the companies." Craddock added that it also strengthens the firm's relationship with Microsoft.
Microsoft's Bill Gates and HP CEO Lew Platt spent much of last week in Europe together, talking to major customers.
Glaxo Wellcome declined to comment on the deal.
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